Uyu Hiromoto has been awarded the Royal Academy of Dance’s (RAD) Solo Seal Award, the highest vocational graded examination of the RAD, focusing on solo performance.
“This is an extraordinary achievement for Uyu, and so well deserved. We are all immensely proud of her. Uyu is a dancer of exceptional talent and dedication, and an outstanding student”, says Ballet West’s Principal, Gillian Barton.
Uyu from Yokohama, Japan, was a finalist in the 2015 Genée International Ballet Competition. She joined Ballet West as a first year student in January 2016, and has danced starring roles in the Ballet West 2016 Scottish tour of The Nutcracker, and principal roles in Swan Lake in 2017. Uyu was one of the top team from Ballet West who visited Penang in June to work with young Malaysian dancers in workshops and a showcase performance.
Uyu is following in the distinguished footsteps of Ballet West alumunus, Natasha Watson, who followed her success in the Genée International Ballet Competition with the Solo Seal Award last year.